5IN374 Eastern Christian Theology – Byzantine Orthodox, 7.5 Credits
Eastern Christian Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology
Autumn 2018/2019 Nov - Jan (w45-w03). Daytime 50 % at Campus Bromma. Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: IN374
Entry requirements
60 credits in Theology, including 30 credits from Introductory courses, and the courses Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits, and History of Eastern Christianity (Intermediate level) 7,5 credits or equivalent. Alternatively: 60 credits in Theology: Theology, introductory courses, 30 credits, the courses Text, kontext och livstolkning/Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits and Teologi, religion och kyrka i Sverige/Theology, Religion and Churches in Sweden 15 hp, or eqvivalent.
Education Level
First cycle
Eastern Christian Theology has developed within different communities. In the Byzantine Orthodox community it developed within the Byzantine Empire, but also outside the Empire, primarily within the Arabic cultural world. With its roots embedded in the Jewish religious belief the Byzantine culture flourished in Byzantium until the fall of Constantinople, when the Ottoman Empire overshadowed Christianity in its geographical cradle. In Russia the Church continued to blossom to the beginning of the twentieth century, when the Bolsheviks made orthodox Christianity its major enemy and later an essential but crippled partner.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate knowledge of the timeline of the history of the Byzantine Orthodox Church
• demonstrate understanding of the general themes of theology among the Byzantine Orthodox Church fathers and mothers, as well as a deeper insight into the Christological controversies
• be able to make use of patristic resources and historical critical methods
• be able to read and interpret patristic texts, with the methods provided in the course.
Runciman, Steven, 1985. The Great Church in Captivity: A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Great War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (454 p). Selected Readings.

Pospielovsky, Dimitry, 1998. The Orthodox Church in the History of Russia, Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (413 p). Selected Readings.

Hovorun, Cyril, 2008. Will, Action and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century. Leiden/Boston: Brill (203 p, excerpts)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.

Selected primary texts in translations (200 p) or in Greek/Syriac (100 p)
Gabriel Bar-Sawme, Samuel Rubenson, Hayleyesus Molaw
Exam Types
Written examination, Seminars.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by the Theology Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2016-12-21
Revised 2017-02-22